California is in the midst of the worst drought ever recorded. Earlier this year Governor Jerry Brown called on everyone to voluntarily reduce their consumption by 20%. As a child growing up in Illinois I heard stories of people in California taking short showers. Get wet, turn off the water, soap up and lather the shampoo, run the water on to rinse and you’re done. It’s a Navy shower for those living on shore. I’ve adopted the practice in order to do my part (though the suggestion in the photo above sounds much more fun.) I have the water running to less than one minute.
Los Angeles resident Ian Wood, a self described professional technologist and amateur aerial videographer, created this stunning video of downtown Los Angeles. To see the detail on the old buildings from a viewpoint that only the birds have enjoyed is simply amazing.
“Above the grit and noise of the street, downtown Los Angeles quietly provides some of the most amazing visual detail in its buildings and public art works. This is a selection of those buildings and public arts filmed across some 50 different locations in the immediate downtown area and the arts district. There are many many more locations that are not included and are equally if not more impressive.
Some of the buildings are in disrepair, some have been restored to their full glory while others have been transformed into artworks. In all of them, there is character, color and detail that makes the area a never-ending source of intrigue.”
Read about Ian’s work on Curbed LA
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Modern architecture, especially the buildings from the Case Study Program, are often associated with Southern California. But architects up and down the Pacific Rim were experimenting with new materials and new spatial forms. The excellent independent documentary Coast Modern captures inventive spirit the architects, the daring support of the clients and the stunning homes they created together.
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